Monday, March 29, 2010

My Parents' 35th Anniversary

Friday was my parents' 35th wedding Anniversary, and this photo was taken along the Mandurah foreshore after a small family lunch. No matter how many times I roll my eyes or tell them to stop bickering, and think no two people have less business being together than they do, at the end of the day, you can often see them holding hands while they watch television. So I am hoping that there will be a 36th wedding anniversary, and that mum sails through her surgery tomorrow and comes home to us soon.

Mum has a primary carcinoma in the sigmoid colon and is having an entire section of bowel removed, hopefully when this is done, they will discover the carcinoma is contained only in the membrane of the bowel where carcinomas begin, if not she may have to have chemo or radiation.

As a traditional healer, a person who believes in and uses herbalism, food as medicine, and other non harmful forms of medicine it horrifies me to think that mum will simply accept chemotherapy, but if she does I will have to be supportive. It horrifies me now that even after she asked me what she should eat to get strong and healthy before surgery, that she has done very little in the way of following these vital guidelines. She won't even go vegetarian one night a week, not only is she eating red meat daily but she eats sausages! bottled pasta sauce! deep fried fish and chips! all of these are foods that exacerbate her partial bowel obstruction. Not to mention before surgery and chemotherapy a patient should be eating a diet high in plant based proteins.

Energy enters the food chain through photosynthesis in plant leaves using chlorophyl, it makes the most sense to eat the plant with the good energy in it than to eat the cow that ate the plant! And it seems everyone who hears a diet suggesting high protein and low carb thinks immediately 'I will eat eggs and meat', plant based proteins people!!!! And carbohydrates are the only food that supplies the brain with energy, so eat low GI carbs as much as you want! Eat all the colours of the rainbow, leave white stuff alone! Don't eat the food that doesn't look like its original source!

Please consider the source of your fruits and vegetables carefully, eat as many organic as you can. It is mad, but true, that we eat vegetables and fruit because they contain anti-oxidants that protect us by preventing free radicals from oxidising in our body, but the vegetables we buy are doused in the chemicals that cause free radicals to form. The answer is not to panic, but to get smart, shop smart, grow as many natural foods yourself as possible, even if you start with a small mixed pot of herbs. If you do not have access to organic foods, buy a vegetable wash or visit Oprah's website she once featured an excellent do it yourself vegetable wash, that cuts through chemicals on fruit and vegetable skins.

Don't panic, but don't be idle, food is the essential medicine in life, whatever ailment you have can be helped or harmed by certain foods. Learn how to eat for life, I promise you it tastes good, and feels good, and taking care of yourself is the most fulfilling and uplifting thing in the world next to doing the same for your family.

I am not against taking essential pharmaceuticals, I take two medications myself, but I am using food, herbs, aromatherapy and other non harmful disciplines to do everything I can to prevent the terrible illnesses that have run in both sides of my family tree causing early death, so far, so good.

I am also eating to boost my iron levels and eating foods in isolation and in combination to allow for maximum absorption from my diet and from the iron infusion I had and may have to have again.

It is not up to me what happens to my mum, and what course of treatment she decides upon, but I do know that I will be feeding both my parents during this time and that gives me hope at least that they can be fit and strong as possible for whatever comes our way.

I wish you all every blessing of health and happiness, I hope that if you are aware of any ailments or any food habits that need review that you somehow find the inspiration to nourish yourself with good, healthy food.

Take care, and I will try and come back and give an update on mum as soon as possible!

Monday, March 1, 2010

News and New Creations

Yes, it has been a long time since I have blogged, I have been thinking about blog and all my blog friends, but it has just seemed I have not had the energy or inspiration to create a post. So much has been happening (also not happening) and finally here I am. I've missed you!

Over this summer my low energy reached crisis point for me and I have ended up sitting in hospital getting an iron infusion, my first but probably not my last. For some reason my iron and ferritin levels are lower than ever before in my life, even when I was waiting for my endometriosis to be diagnosed and I had my period for a year (YES a year! I was one crazy, worried patient back then!). What should be a level of 15 is down to 6. So the plan is to get me feeling a lot stronger so I can get up in the morning and stay up all day (I have needed daily lie downs... bummer, I hate doing nothing, and yet I can't get up from those afternoon rests too easy either). I have to get a lot more iron in my system so I can have surgery later this year, and so that I can look after a family member who has a big challenge ahead of her with her own health.

I have used some of the time where I have needed to sit down and do something quietly to make my first crystal sun catchers... so here are pictures of my first two.

A gorgeous crystal snowflake was teamed up with some gorgeous clear and amethyst beads to make the catcher above.

Now this one is my favourite, but I am yet to see how the lucite flower stands up to sun exposure.... so I don't feel I can sell this one. I love the combination of clear and warm orange or apricot shades.

Now all I need is to get some more crystals in, I have only two remaining, one is part of my business supplies, the other is my own crystal, the most effective and dazzling crystal I have ever had so I can't bear to part with that one!
I hope all is well for you all, I will be visiting some blogs to catch up right now.... and I will post again as soon as I have something good to share
xoxox Starry